Special Issue: JIPB¡¯s 60th Anniversary   

October 2012, Volume 54 Issue 10, Pages 678¨C827.


Cover Caption: JIPB¡¯s 60th Anniversary
About the cover: This year marks the 60th anniversary of JIPB. Throughout its history, JIPB has persisted through difficult times such as China¡¯s Cultural Revolution, and has undergone radical changes from being a Chinese national journal named Acta Botanica Sinica, to becoming an international journal named Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. The cover figure shows JIPB¡¯s evolution and progress since its founding in 1952.

 

          Editorial
From Acta Botanica Sinica to JIPB: Connecting Chinese Plant Science with the International Community for 60 Years  
Author: Chun-Ming Liu
Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 2012 54(10): 671-681
Published Online: September 7, 2012
DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2012.01162.x
      
    

In 1952, when botany was still regarded as a “new science” in China, a quarterly journal named Acta Botanica Sinica (ABS) was established by the Botanical Society of China. Dr. Shih-Wei Loo received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology (CIT) in 1945, and was appointed as the journal’s first Editor-in-Chief for his achievements in plant biology (Tang and Loo 1940; Loo and Wang 1943). Since then, the journal has continuously nourished the growth of many Chinese botanists, except for a 5-year hiatus during the arduous Cultural Revolution period between 1967 and 1972. By 1989, the journal began publishing monthly.

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60 Years of Development of the Journal of Integrative Plant Biology  
Author: Jinzhong Cui, Ping He, Fenghong Liu, Jingjing Tan, Lingfeng Chen and Joshua Fenn
Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 2012 54(10): 682-702
Published Online: September 11, 2012
DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2012.01163.x
      
    

In celebration of JIPB's 60th anniversary, this paper summarizes and reviews the development process of the journal. To start, we offer our heartfelt thanks to JIPB's pioneer Editors-in-Chief who helped get the journal off the ground and make it successful. Academic achievement is the soul of academic journals, and this paper summarizes JIPB's course of academic development by analyzing it in four stages: the first two stages are mostly qualitative analyses, and the latter two stages are dedicated to quantitative analyses. Most-cited papers were statistically analyzed. Improvements in editing, publication, distribution and online accessibility—which are detailed in this paper—contribute to JIPB's sustainable development. In addition, JIPB's evaluation index and awards are provided with accompanying pictures. At the end of the paper, JIPB's milestones are listed chronologically. We believe that JIPB's development, from a national journal to an international one, parallels the development of the Chinese plant sciences.

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          Invited Expert Reviews
Transcriptional Regulation of Plant Secondary Metabolism  
Author: Chang-Qing Yang, Xin Fang, Xiu-Ming Wu, Ying-Bo Mao, Ling-Jian Wang and Xiao-Ya Chen
Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 2012 54(10): 703-712
Published Online: September 4, 2012
DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2012.01161.x
      
    

Plant secondary metabolites play critical roles in plant-environment interactions. They are synthesized in different organs or tissues at particular developmental stages, and in response to various environmental stimuli, both biotic and abiotic. Accordingly, corresponding genes are regulated at the transcriptional level by multiple transcription factors. Several families of transcription factors have been identified to participate in controlling the biosynthesis and accumulation of secondary metabolites. These regulators integrate internal (often developmental) and external signals, bind to corresponding cis-elements — which are often in the promoter regions — to activate or repress the expression of enzyme-coding genes, and some of them interact with other transcription factors to form a complex. In this review, we summarize recent research in these areas, with an emphasis on newly-identified transcription factors and their functions in metabolism regulation.

Yang CQ, Fang X, Wu XM, Mao YB, Wang LJ, Chen XY (2012) Transcriptional regulation of plant secondary metabolism. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 54(10), 703–712.

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